Archaeologists find church in Jerusalem hills
Monday, March 16, 2009
An ancient Greek inscription and decoration of the church in Nes Harim
Archaeologists have a church from the Byzantine Era in the hills of Jerusalem discovered.
A church from the Byzantine period, was recently excavated during construction work in Nes Harim in the hills of Jerusalem.
The church is covered and decorated with mosaics and inscriptions. It was uncovered in an archaeological excavation by the Israeli Antiquities Authority after local citizens have reported on a building covered with pine trees and agricultural terraces.
In November, during the first excavation archaeologists put the church narthex exposed - the wide entrance at the front of the church. It was filled with a carpet of polychrome mosaics decorated with geometric patterns and interlacing of rhomboid separated by flower bud motifs.
Unfortunately, the mosaic was badly damaged by unknown vandals.
During that same site was a complex winepress partially exposed from at least two higher floors with extended, well plastered on exciting cells underneath which are intended for the introductory digestion easier.
"We are aware of other Byzantine churches and monasteries in the surrounding area were located, says archaeologist Daniel Ein Mor.
The excavation in Nes Harim complements our knowledge in this part of the field about the nature of the Christian Byzantine settlements between the main cities of the land during the Byzantine period, among them Bet Guvrin, Emmaus and Jerusalem. "